Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Ara Launches New Cyber Security Course In 2021

Ara Institute of Canterbury limited will be offering students within its Enterprise & Digital Innovation Department access to a highly-regarded ‘Cyber Security’ programme in 2021.

The programme, developed by Unitec and supported by CCL and Datacom, will be presented as a Level 6 ‘New Zealand Diploma in Cybersecurity’, and is New Zealand’s first ‘cyber-qualification’ at the pre-degree level, and the first offered in the South Island.

Unitec describes ‘cyber security’ as "the term given for systems designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack or unauthorised access." The protocols that cyber-security experts develop work to stop the theft of personal information and other data, protect intellectual property and other proprietary information and works to keep confidential government information private.

The course, which has proven very successful since it was first offered at Unitec in March this year, is extremely timely in terms of both the problem it seeks to address and the qualified professionals currently available to tackle it. Cyber-crime is globally on the rise, with data breaches, hacks and hacking attempts all regularly making headlines, and with increasing amounts of data being stored in clouds and ever-more economic activity undertaken online, the potential repercussions of a major cyber-incursion increases in lockstep.

At the same time, the number of professionals who work to prevent and ameliorate the damage caused by a cyber-attack is, disturbingly, not keeping up with the threat level. There is currently a global shortage of trained personnel in this area, and this reality is becoming ever more of an issue for businesses.

Ara’s new cyber security programme will give learners the complete suite of skills necessary to identify potential weaknesses within existing systems and evaluate vulnerabilities that may emerge during the deployment of novel technologies or systems. Students will undertake risk assessments and employ effective techniques to address security deficiencies. Uniquely, the Cybersecurity Diploma has been developed in conjunction with Industry and as such features an "internship" component where the students spend time each week with cybersecurity employers to augment their training. This internship continues throughout the year of study.

"We’re delighted to be further extending the reach of our Cybersecurity qualification at a time when there’s a real need for skills in this area," said Dila Beisembayeva, Lead, Centre for Digital Innovation and Skills at Unitec. "We highly value our partnership with Datacom which is expanding to help provide employment opportunities for students throughout the country."

Datacom is NZ’s largest cybersecurity services provider, so hiring talented cybersecurity people is a key priority. During 2019 the company worked with UNITEC to develop and enhance the course content, a process which included augmenting the classroom training with exposure to practical cybersecurity operations. In 2020 Datacom began providing internship places and employment for successful interns.

David Eaton, Associate Director Cybersecurity Services from Datacom says "As with most other countries, NZ faces a critical shortage of cybersecurity talent. As part of the National Cybersecurity Strategy, the Cybersecurity Capability Ministerial Taskforce was setup in 2016. We welcome the extension of this Diploma into the South Island and we applaud ARA in making the Diploma available."

Nicoleta Croitoru, head of Datacom’s South Island Cybersecurity Business adds, "From Datacom’s perspective, this is a win-win. The pool of qualified cyber-security experts that are available to us locally will grow significantly, and just as we’re able to help students taking the course to develop top-flight professional skills, graduates will hopefully help us to grow our own team of talent."

Nigel Young, Head of Ara’s Enterprise, Digital and Innovation Department adds "Ara has a continuing commitment to be responsive to the needs of industry, learners and our community. There’s a clear and urgent need for more qualified professionals in this sector, and we’re proud to be offering South Island students a strong platform from which to access the immense opportunities in cyber security. This offering also complements our other programmes with a focus on work-based learning as part of the suite of technology-based qualifications that we offer."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland